Thank You to Helping House Staff

Thank You to Helping House Staff

News & UpdatesThank You to Helping House Staff

Thank You to Helping House Staff

Last week our Ćećǝwǝt Lelǝm Helping House said good-bye to two members of our team.

Heather Gagnon was our Home Care Nurse and Laura Avery was our Expressive Arts Therapist. We thank them for the work they have done in our community over the years and always working with compassion.

We wish them all the best on their journey. Thank you for being such an important part of our TWN community.

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On May 10 & 11, 2022, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Staff, Community, and School students came together to help prep and tie cə́ləm (eelgrass) shoots for transplant. cə́ləm (eelgrass) is a flowering plant that grows in shallow, sheltered areas of the ocean and is important habitat for fish, crabs and other animals. There have been many traditional uses of eelgrass by First Nations, including as food. 
Alongside Tsleil-Waututh family, Musqueam & Squamish relatives, Chief & Council, and Tsleil-Waututh leaders, Elder Carleen Thomas, ‘Unsakhalote’, became the new Chancellor of Emily Carr University Art + Design (ECUAD). This is a special moment for our community and historically, as Carleen is the first Indigenous person to hold the Chancellor position at Emily Carr University.
The 2025 Invictus Games will be hosted in Vancouver and Whistler with support from Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The Invictus Games is an 8-day competition for wounded and ill military personnel from around the world, and has over 500 athletes from more than 20 nations competing.
The North Shore News interviewed Tsleil-Waututh Nation School vice-principal Sarah Martz to discuss the new Indigenous-focused graduation requirements and what these changes mean to TWN. They also review what Tsleil-Waututh currently does to incorporate Indigenous education into the current school curriculum at siʔáḿθɘt. 
Tsleil-Waututh has been successful in our grant application to acquire laboratory equipment and supplies to outfit our archaeological laboratory and repository. For decades, Tsleil-Waututh has been building capacity in our Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Program in the Treaty, Lands and Resources department.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s way of life is dependent on a healthy Burrard Inlet. We take care of the Inlet, and it takes care of us. Over 90% of our food was from the marine environment before Europeans arrived, with clams, herring and salmon being some of our most important food sources. Since European contact, however, development and resource use has degraded the health of the inlet to the point that we can’t harvest clams due to contamination, herring have been largely absent for over a century after a dynamite fishery destroyed populations in the late 1800s, and salmon are collapsing across the coast.